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FOR1001 - Medical evidence

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.167 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms H McKelvie


Clayton Full year 2007 (Off-campus)


A forensic medical practitioner's evidential and communication skills must be of a high order. This unit will enable students to gain practical skills in the delivery of evidence in courts, in the preparation of medico-legal reports and in the techniques of advocacy. Workshops will be used to establish witness skills and oral communication techniques and moot courts will be used to develop practical skills in presenting evidence and developing strategies to deal with issues that arise during examination and cross-examination.


On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. display an understanding of decision making processes in legal practice;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the general principles of the laws of evidence;
  3. comprehend the special rules regarding opinion evidence;
  4. understand the role of the expert witness;
  5. be conversant with the rules governing the reception of evidence to the courts;
  6. demonstrate competency in preparing medico-legal reports;
  7. have developed the skills required to present evidence in court;
have acquired the techniques necessary for managing examination-in-chief, cross examination and re-examination.


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